MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 12,388 this week

Man of the Moment (1955)

 |  Comedy  |  24 November 1955 (UK)
6.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.4/10 from 326 users  
Reviews: 4 user | 2 critic

Civil Servant Norman becomes the favourite of the rulers of a South Seas island that the British have an interest in.

Writers:

(original story), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 3143 titles
created 04 Nov 2011
 
a list of 326 titles
created 26 Nov 2011
 
a list of 3845 titles
created 13 Apr 2012
 
a list of 222 titles
created 07 Sep 2013
 
a list of 1902 titles
created 10 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Man of the Moment (1955)

Man of the Moment (1955) on IMDb 6.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Man of the Moment.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

One Good Turn (1955)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Norman is the oldest orphan at Greenwood Children's Home and now acts as their caretaker. All the orphans are very happy and well cared for. The adventures start when a nasty property ... See full summary »

Director: John Paddy Carstairs
Stars: Norman Wisdom, Joan Rice, Shirley Abicair
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Norman and Mr Grimsdale are council workmen mending the road outside an Army base when they come into conflict with the military. Shortly afterwards, they get drafted and fall into the ... See full summary »

Director: John Paddy Carstairs
Stars: Norman Wisdom, Honor Blackman, Edward Chapman
On the Beat (1962)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Norman wants to be a policeman like his father was, but he fails the height test (amongst others). One day he gets out his father's old uniform and "walks the beat". This leads to a level ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Asher
Stars: Norman Wisdom, Jennifer Jayne, Raymond Huntley
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Norman is the assistant helping to run a small, old fashioned dairy which is threatened by a larger, modern organisation. Norman does his best to save the dairy (and his horse) and the ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Asher
Stars: Norman Wisdom, Edward Chapman, Jerry Desmonde
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Norman is working in the stock room of a large London department store, but he has ambition (doesn't he always !!), he wants to be a window dresser making up the public displays. Whilst ... See full summary »

Director: John Paddy Carstairs
Stars: Norman Wisdom, Moira Lister, Megs Jenkins
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A friendly window cleaner works at an English country estate where he saves the owner's son from kidnappers.

Director: John Paddy Carstairs
Stars: Norman Wisdom, Maureen Swanson, Jerry Desmonde
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

When he is crossed in love, grocers assistant Norman Puckle joins the Navy, where he is recruited to man the first British rocket.

Director: Robert Asher
Stars: Norman Wisdom, Ian Hunter, David Lodge
Follow a Star (1959)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Norman Truscott is a store worker who dreams of stardom. Vernon Carew is a singer who's star is fading. Vernon manages to get a recording of Norman singing and passes it off as himself.

Director: Robert Asher
Stars: Norman Wisdom, June Laverick, Jerry Desmonde
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An accident in the butchers shop leads Norman and Mr Grimsdale to the hospital where, after causing the normal ammount of chaos, Norman finds Lindy, a little girl who hasn't spoken or ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Asher
Stars: Norman Wisdom, Edward Chapman, Jeanette Sterke
Just My Luck (1957)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Norman works in a jewellers workshop and fantasises (in the nicest way) about meeting the window dresser across the road from his workshop. He wants to buy her a diamond pendant but ... See full summary »

Director: John Paddy Carstairs
Stars: Norman Wisdom, Margaret Rutherford, Jill Dixon
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Norman is quite happy selling newspapers outside Westminster station but his Grandfather (the Prime Minister) wants to get him "a more responsible job". A few favours are called in and ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Asher
Stars: Norman Wisdom, Derek Bond, Angela Browne
Bottoms Up (1960)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

'Jimmy Edwards' reprises his radio role as the Professor trying to control a school full of naughty boys.

Director: Mario Zampi
Stars: Jimmy Edwards, Arthur Howard, Martita Hunt
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Norman
Lana Morris ...
Penny
Belinda Lee ...
Sonia
Jerry Desmonde ...
Jackson
Karel Stepanek ...
Lom
Garry Marsh ...
British Delegate
Inia Te Wiata ...
King of Tawaki
Evelyn Roberts ...
Sir Horace
Violet Farebrother ...
Queen of Tawaki
Martin Miller ...
Swiss Tailor
Eugene Deckers ...
Day Lift Man
Hugh Morton ...
Mitchell
Cyril Chamberlain ...
British Delegate
Lisa Gastoni ...
Chambermaid
Harold Kasket ...
Enrico
Edit

Storyline

Civil Servant Norman becomes the favourite of the rulers of a South Seas island that the British have an interest in.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

24 November 1955 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Ich und der Herr Minister  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Featured in Room 101: Episode #11.1 (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Man of the Moment
By Jack Fishman
Sung by The Beverley Sisters
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Highly entertaining
16 July 2003 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

Norman, a well-intentioned but clumsy and simple filing clerk in the British Civil Service is taken to Geneva with the British delegation of an international conference. When one of the delegates falls ill, Norman stands in for him and accidentally vetos a British and US endorsed plan to set up an experimentation base near the unspoilt island of Tawaki. He is thrown off the delegation, but his move earns him the respect of the Queen of Tawaki, so when the British attempt to reopen negotiations with her, they must fawn over Norman in order to use him as an instrument of negotiation.

The first twenty minutes of this film are very funny - a mad mixture of misunderstandings, caricatures (including a camp photographer) and well executed visual humour. Unfortunately, the rest of the film is not as funny

  • once the delegation arrives in Geneva, the humour is subordinated to the


plot. Nevertheless, the plot is sufficiently interesting and there are still enough jokes to make this film enjoyable throughout. The humour comes mostly from Norman's childishness and his tendency to cause disasters wherever he goes. It's good fun, even though most of the film is not laugh-out-loud funny. However, there are a few stand out scenes, including the very funny tailor scene. There are three songs in the film, which I thought were unnecessary.

Norman Wisdom gives a good performance as the naive simpleton Norman. It is his performance that makes the film - none of the other cast members particularly impressed me (perhaps because I'm not familiar with many of them.) They were all good nevertheless, but Wisdom is the definite star of this film. Charles Hawtrey's role is sadly only a cameo and isn't particularly funny. A highly entertaining film which ought to be more famous.


5 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Goof rdavies0303
Discuss Man of the Moment (1955) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?